Cats mainly move around at night when it is quieter and cooler, so this is the best time to search. Call his/her name and make sure you stop regularly, stay still and listen. He/she may be hiding in a safe, secure place so try looking under things or where he/she may have gone for security. If there are stormwater drains on your street, these are a good place to start looking. If you leave his/her and/or your things outside (ie, their used kitty litter), the familiar scent/s may help her/him get home safely.
If possible, leave the door or window open for him/her to come in through. Leaving some really tempting food beside the open door normally works well too – Sardines or BBQ chicken are normally irresistible to cats.
If your cat has gone missing, please follow the steps below.
- Send a Facebook message to the QLPR. Please include:
- a photo of your cat
- where it went missing from
- when it went missing
- the breed and gender of your cat
- a description of its collar and tag/s (if applicable)
- a contact telephone number
- any other relevant information
- Contact your local Council to let them know that your cat is missing, and ask them to confirm that your registration details are up to date
- Check that the details are recorded on your cat’s microchip are up to date. The easiest way to do this is via this website – If you do not know your pet’s microchip number, please contact your vet or Council to obtain the number. When checking your details, you should also flag your cat as “missing”
- Notify local vets, pounds & animal welfare groups that your cat is missing
- Go into your local pound and provide them with a photo of your cat. Don’t rely on a phone call as your description of your cat may not match with their description. Check the pound website regularly
- Ask your neighbours to check around their yards, including sheds and garages
- Door knock your neighbourhood with a photo of your cat and ask if anyone has seen him/her. It is helpful to print out a flyer with your cat’s photo and your contact details and leave it with people. This will assist other members of the community to contact you if they see your cat
- Once your cat has been posted on the QLPR, please share the Facebook post on your own profile and any other community pages that are used by locals in your area. For a list of these pages, please contact your QLPR Coordinator
- Place a free ad on Gumtree and on the RSPCA’s website
- Place posters on noticeboards at shopping centres, local schools, and corner stores. Ask employees of local shops to keep an eye out too
- Put up a sign out the front of your house to notify anyone passing that your cat is missing. Add a photo and a description with the date that cat dog went missing and a contact number.
- Take some dry food, and a cat carrier with you
- Walk around your local area, paying particular attention to any garages, sheds, skip bins and empty properties. Make a note of any empty houses for sale or rent, and contact the estate agent in case they have shown someone through the property and inadvertently locked your cat inside
- Call for your pet by name
- Shake a box/container of your cat’s favourite biscuits, or squeeze a favourite squeaky toy
- Stop regularly, and listen – give your cat a chance to answer your call. Stay in one area long enough for your pet to reach you if they are in the vicinity
- Check all stormwater drains, culverts and pipes
- Look up while you’re searching as cats are often stranded on roofs or up in trees
For more search tips, please visit this website.
If your cat is an indoor or timid cat, this information may also help you.